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“Best view of Lake Michigan” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arcadia Overlook

Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Arcadia
Certificate of Excellence
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best view of Lake Michigan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

I like this view of Lake Michigan better than from Sleeping Bear Dunes, probably because it's easier to climb the stairs then mess with the sand. It used to have a chapel that fell in to the lake during the bad erosion years.

Visited September 2012
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Frankfort, Michigan
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69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A MUST stop on M-22”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Highway park planners hit the top with this overlook. Amazing views of Lake Michigan from high on the bluff overlooking it. Easy access off of M-22. If you whiz past, turn around and go back!

Visited May 2012
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Wellston
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44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Second most scenic spot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

On your way to Sleeping Bear be sure to stop at the Overlook. It has a nice parking lot and several platforms to view the view of Lake Michigan. You are hundres of feet above the shore. Go ahead and climb the steps to the top platform. The view is great in any direction and it is a very calming spot to visit.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“NIce spot to see the lake and sunset”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

This is one of the Scenic Points that is worth while stopping at on the road. The view is beutiful, overlooking the bluff, with magnificent sunsets over the lake.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank GarryZ
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Muncie, Indiana
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216 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Outstanding views of Lake Michigan's Shoreline!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Arcadia Overlook is similar to the old style rest stops of the past, and sits high atop a hill on highway M-22 between Manistee and Frankfort Michigan. There are vault style restrooms, plenty of parking, and fantastic views of Lake Michigan at this location. The veiw is great even at ground level for those who may have disabilities and or trouble climbimg stairs. A long distance viewer is also available to look out over the lake. For those who are nimble, a long flight of stairs takes you really high above the lake for even better views. On a clear day, you can see for miles in several directions and can view the highway looking southward back towards Manistee. If you want to take some great photos, I would suggest a couple of things.

1.) Take along a helpful friend... and an umbrella.
2.) Take some sunglasses.
3.) Dont forget your camera or camcorder!!!

On a bright sunny day, it can become frustrating.... and nearly impossible to both frame up and get a clear view of a desired photo becuase you cannot see your camera screen clearly.

TIP: Have your friend hold up the umbrella giving you some much needed shade.... to focus in with on your camera screen. If it is still a little too bright, put on your sunglasses and try the process again. At times, you can see ships from this location too! On a scale from 1-10, this location can be an 11... on a clear and perfect day!

As always be safe and enjoy your travels!
J.

Visited June 2012
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